Daily Archives: January 6, 2018

January 7th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
January 7, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Second Sunday After Christmas

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” SUMH #2088


In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: Christ is born.
All: ​Praise the Lord!
One: God has come to claim us as God’s own children.
All: ​Praise the Lord!
One: Love has given us this glorious gift.
All: ​Praise the Lord!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Sunday
After prayers – Sing the Children out “Jesus Loves Me” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “What Child is This” UMH #219


First Reading ​Psalm 148 ​Page 508
Second Reading ​Galatians 4:4-7 ​Page 947
*Gospel Reading ​Luke 2:22-40​Page 833

Hymn Sing


*Hymn “All Glory be to Christ” Overhead


Church Life
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Hymn Sing
​​ 9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​​ 10:30 am – Worship

Tuesday, January, 9, 2018
​ 6:30 pm – Trustee’s Meeting
​ 7:00 pm – Ad Council Meeting

Sunday, January 14, 2018 ​
​​9:45 am – Sunday School
​​10:30 am – Worship
Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

How do we welcome younger children into our Sunday school, worship service and activities of the church? Claybanks United Methodist Church is a church not unlike many other churches who love to have children be a part of the church in its many activities, education and worship. We encourage parents, grandparents and community members to bring young people to our church. Yet at times we are concerned about how we can make this happen and be very inclusive with our children.

I, as your pastor, work very hard to be inclusive with all our young children when I deliver a children’s message each Sunday. Our Sunday school teachers and Megan, our Music Director, work hard to incorporate music and education in our Sunday morning programs for them. We do all that we can to include our young children in the many different activities of the church where they can add a blessing to our mission and life as a church.

Recently I received a communication from the Montague United Methodist Church entitled, “The Child In The Pew”. I am including parts of it where it is applicable in my message to you as it can pertain to Claybanks United Methodist Church.

When little children come to the church, adults sometimes wonder why. Actually, bringing children into the sanctuary is something like getting them to eat at a dinner table. Even though their manners are far from elegant, it is done in hopes that, given time, they all begin to feel like parts of the family.

Children giggle, they poke, and they swing their feet back and forth simply because they are children. But, they also sing, pray, and give with us. So, this page is written to suggest that we adults should accept, even value, the children’s restlessness during worship, trusting that they are also learning:
• That it is important to come to this place each Sunday.
• That they belong to this special company of people.
• That the sights and sounds are good, though not always understandable.
• That something is expected of them in this place, and that they may respond in song, prayer, and in offering.
• May they come to know that they are God’s Children and are loved by God and us.

Bringing children to church can be a real exercise for friends, parents and grandparents. But then again, so are many other facets of parenting and the rewards are well worth the effort. While we do not want our children to be disruptive or hamper churches worship, we must always remember that children are members of the church, too. Children should be among the worshiping people. They may not participate in just the same way as adults do, but they are growing in understanding and learning to take their place in the churches family and over time what a blessing it is to see the beautiful changes take place in our young people as they continue to grow.

Young children and worship may have challenging moments, but it is our birthright as Christians to worship. Our satisfaction comes in later years when we see them stand in the midst of the church with a faith of their own.

Pew Tips For Parents And Other Adults:
• Arrive in time to find a good place to sit so your children can see. A spot closer to the front helps in this.
• Let your children choose prior to entering the sanctuary from the many different items that are at our Welcome Table to give them some activities to do while experiencing the sights and sounds in the sanctuary.
• Practice the Lord’s Prayer at home, tell them what is coming next in the worship service and encourage them to come up for the Children’s Moment.
• A pre-arranged signal is good to let your children know when it’s time to settle down.
• Express joy at having children worship with you, especially those who are with other families. Send a smile in their direction every once in a while.
• Give prayers and thanks to God for a child’s presence.
• Invite parents to sit with you so that you may assist with bottles, dropped toys, and teaching children how to worship.
• Just be patient! Give parents some time to settle a crying baby. Give your crying baby some time to settle, too! Don’t rush out of the sanctuary at first sign of a cry. (I as a Pastor love to hear the cry of a new born baby in worship – It means God has blessed us with New Life!)
• Ask your children to tell you when they hear a predetermined word or phrase in a hymn or message.
• Open the Hymnal. Follow along with your finger to encourage children to read music and celebrate worship by singing.
• Prepare your children for worship by telling them before worship begins what is expected of them.
• Most of all, free yourself of anxieties and relax. We are a family of faith and we promise to love unconditionally!

It is when we bring our children to worship that we see the blessings that God has given not just parents and grandparents but to our church community as well. We welcome all the young people into our worship, Sunday school and church activities of the Claybanks United Methodist Church. Someday these children will be the leaders, workers and disciples for Jesus Christ and the transformation of the world. It is our responsibility to see that all our resources are available and given to them so that God’s Kingdom can be shared with the world around us.

Blessing for the new year of 2018!

Announcements and Stuff

Thank you!
I am reminded yet again how blessed I am. You, my church family, continue to surprise me with gifts and notes of appreciation as well as verbal praises for the work I do as secretary. I can’t explain how much I appreciate it all and find myself humbled and want to thank you….AGAIN!
So…THANK YOU MY CHURCH FAMILY for the Christmas Present!!!!!!
New Year Blessings!

Nursery Schedule
1/7/2018 – Joyce Twiss
1/14/2018 – Doris Graham
1/21/2018 – Liz Grossman
1/28/2018 – Karen Anderson

Upcoming Worship Schedule

January 7th – Isaiah 60:1-6 / Matthew 2:1-12
“We Follow A Star – JESUS”
Epiphany of the Lord

January 14th
Jim Tanis Delivering the Message

January 21st – Psalm 62:5-12 / Jonah 1:1-17, 2:10-3:3a
“Second Chances”

January 28th – Psalm 111 / Mark 1:21-28
“Authority Verses Law”

From Love INC


The short mission statement of Love In the Name of Christ is: “Helping Churches Help People.”

Yes, Love INC is a ministry to help people… but, it is also much more than that. Because the actual helping is done by Christians from our local churches, Love INC is here to minister to and through those volunteers. It is a blessing to work alongside them. As we talk with them, pray with them, and watch them serve, it is evident that:
• There is great joy among them,
• There is a deep sense of awe and gratitude in them,
• There is much laughter and delight shared by them!
In Luke 10, Jesus sent out 72 workers into the harvest field to live among those in need. The passage says the 72 returned with JOY! Joy in witnessing the power of God to change lives. As they shared their stories with Jesus, it says he also was filled with joy through the Holy Spirit. Isn’t that a beautiful picture? The 72 are obedient to go out and share the Good News, and as they return with joy recounting their travels, Jesus is overcome with joy!

Yes, Love INC exists to serve the needs of those in Oceana County, but HOW Love INC exists is by believers stepping out in obedience to love their neighbor. They are serving the downtrodden, bringing hope to the hopeless and living out their faith among the poor. And in that obedience, there is GREAT JOY!

We are grateful for all those who volunteer with Love In the Name of Christ and look forward to welcoming many more as they take a step of obedience that has the power of God to change lives.

In Christ,
Lori Ray – Executive Director
Sue Beckman – Church Engagement Coordinator

Below are a couple of bulletin announcements. Thank you for helping us communicate with those in our Oceana County churches.

Bulletin Announcements:
News from Love INC:
Manager needed for Love INC Thrift Store: Do you enjoy the fun of resale? Love INC has an opening for a part-time thrift store manager. Responsible and motivated persons who are committed Christ-followers are encouraged to apply. Call 861-5619 or email info@loveincoceana.org for more information and to receive an application.

Volunteer Opportunities: There is strength in Unity! At Love INC we are bringing believers from our Oceana County Christian churches together to serve our neighbors in need. Our community is being impacted for Christ by believers coming together with the desire to help others using their God-given talents and abilities. If you feel God is calling you to serve we would love to help you get connected. Current opportunities include:
• Allies to walk alongside participants in our Transformational Ministry Program (a weekly small group experience focusing on different life skills). If you know how to be a friend, you will make a great ally!
• Facilitators for the TM Program – using our curriculum or something you have knowledge in and would enjoy teaching/leading.
• Helpers for the Love INC Thrift Store, including cashiers, donation sorters, display creators and much more.
• Intake volunteers to meet with those in our community experiencing need.
For more information on all of these opportunities contact the office at 231-861-5619 or email info@loveincoceana. Training is provided for all volunteer positions.

God said “NO”

I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.